February 5, 2019 11:30 AM, EST

DHL Express Launches New Fleet of Electric Delivery Vans in San Francisco

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DHL Express is rolling out a new fleet of 63 electric delivery vans in the United States as part of the German company’s goal to reduce logistics-related emissions to zero by 2050.

Thirty battery-powered NGEN-1000 vehicles from Workhorse Group will be deployed in San Francisco with the remainder in other unspecified markets around the country later this year.

The new vehicles have a range of 100 miles and 1,008 cubic feet of cargo capacity.

DHL said its delivery fleet in the United States already includes electric, hybrid-electric, compressed natural gas and clean diesel-powered vehicles. The company has set a target of operating 70% of first- and last-mile delivery services with what it considers “clean transport” modes by 2025.

“This year alone, nearly 30% of our new vehicles will be alternative fuel,” said Greg Hewitt, CEO of DHL Express U.S. in Plantation, Fla. “We’re excited about the technologies that continue to emerge in this area and how they are benefiting the logistics industry.”

Workhorse Group launched commercial production of the NGEN-1000 and three smaller-capacity electric cargo vans in October 2018.

DHL Express is a unit of Deutsche Post DHL Group in Bonn, Germany. Deutsche Post DHL ranks No. 6 on the Transport Topics Top 50 list of largest global freight carriers. — Transport Topics